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Dennis L. McKiernan's world-that-never-was has taken its place beside Tolkien's Middle-Earth and Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea as a special realm of adventure and magic with the best-selling Iron Tower Trilogy. Now the first book of The Silver Call Duology continues the tale with a call to war!...

Title : Trek to Kraggen-Cor
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ISBN : 9789994093830
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 252 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Trek to Kraggen-Cor Reviews

  • Sarah Staszkiel
    2019-01-13 04:17

    Many people are extremely hateful towards this series as it is clearly a 'rip-off' of Tolkien. However, I found this series very enjoyable. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was certainly a magnificent series, but it did have many many long drawn out battle scenes. McKiernan's novels, on the other hand, are significantly less focused on battles. There's still plenty of action and battle, but I found the series to be much faster paced and attention keeping. I love McKiernan's take on Tolkien's hobbits. The Warrows are not just simple, helpless characters. They are skilled with the bow and hunting techniques. Overall, I found this series to be extremely enjoyable. I for one am a huge fan of the Iron Tower Trilogy, and the Silver Call Duology.

  • M
    2018-12-24 09:06

    This is pretty blatantly Lord of the Rings fanfic with the serial numbers barely filed off. Following the destruction of not-Sauron a few centuries ago, the Dwarves now wish to reclaim their homeland of not-Moria. Aided by a Warror (read: totally not a hobbit, guys, really) named Peregrin (yes, really) not-Durin leads an army overland to the Dusk Gate, the opening of the ancient dungeon. Despite being a blatant knock-off, I actually found this rather enjoyable. The characters aren't especially deep, and the lack of women is frustrating, but McKiernan's writing isn't too bad. He at least makes a vague effort at differentiating his world from Tolkien's, though I hope he gets better at that in later books. There are some nice poignant bits, especially the way the protagonist deals with the realization that war is horrible rather than the happy thing of epic tales. All in all, while this definitely isn't the best fantasy novel ever, it's actually kinda fun if you can get past the obvious parallels to Middle Earth and the fact that this is kinda The Hobbit but positioned as a sequel rather than prequel to The Lord of the Rings.

  • Timothy Boyd
    2018-12-17 04:28

    Ever wonder what Tolkien's dwarves would have done with Moria now that the balrog was killed. McKiernan's dwarves go back to reclaim their lost home. I love dwarves, I love fantasy so this story has it all for me. Top honors, highly recommended

  • Craig
    2018-12-18 06:25

    Trek to Kraggen-Cor and The Brega Path comprise the Silver Call Duology, a sequel sequence to McKiernan's Iron Tower trilogy, the first-published books in his Mithgar series. I have heard that The Silver Call was originally written as a sequel to Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, but he could not secure permission to publish it, so he wrote his own trilogy and then re-wrote these two volumes to serve as a sequel to his own story. Perhaps his initial enthusiasm was augmented by his later increased skill and subsequent attention to detail, but for whatever reason I thought The Silver Call (it's really just one long story cut in half, in my opinion) was one of the best high-fantasy epics I'd ever read. I prefer it to Tolkien in many ways. There have been a -lot- of similar fantasy series, but Mithgar is among the best and The Silver Call is one of the best of stories set there.

  • Brian
    2019-01-06 03:21

    This to me seemed like just another post Tolkien fantasy novel. Almost too much so. It was a group of people that came together and went on a journey. It very much mirrors, in many ways at least, The Fellowship of the Ring, up through the gates of Moria. Having said all that I really enjoyed it and have been wanting to read it again.

  • Gerry
    2019-01-02 05:10

    Ok, again a 3.5 but hey. Perry and Cotton want to feel they are on a grand adventure, but they soon realize that knowing about past wars cannot prepare them for the reality of friends actually dying in battle. Looking forward to book 2.

  • Brian Liebenow
    2018-12-24 09:12

    I know he stole his ideas from Tolkien, but 12 year-old me loved it.

  • Greg
    2018-12-21 07:28

    I really wish I could give it a four stars. I mean, it's fun to read, and that is no small feat, and I do like the characters. Yeah, the overall structure is Tolkien, but he wrote it as a sequel to Lord of the Rings, so it's understandable when seven companions get called "The Fellowship" and stuff like that. I like that most of the challenges the heroes face in this book are natural ones, not caused by any evil force from another plane or whatever, just good old ice, snow, water, and rocks. I like that. Oh, there's a giant Kraken, sure, but even that conflict is as much with the elements as it is with the creature.Trek to Kraggen-cor does a great disservice to female characters, however, as here they are apparently suited only to serve men who go off adventuring. Luckily, McKiernan righted this wrong in the Iron Tower books, at least to some degree.So, yeah, overall, a fun read, but nostalgia plays more than a tiny role in its appeal for me (as I first read this series in the 1980s).

  • Kyle
    2018-12-21 07:22

    The only thing I don’t like about this is the author’s insistence on saying “ere” all the damned time. Seriously, Dennis. The word “before” is your friend.

  • Noria
    2019-01-11 09:17

    If you've read J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, 90% of this book will feel familiar. It generally isn't a bad thing to let oneself be inspired by an impressive book but in this case the amount of similarities made me feel as if the author didn't have enough creative ideas himself.The characters are nice but all similarities make the plot predictable and thus the read is a bit boring. I don't know yet if I'll ever read the second volume of this duology.

  • Tracy L.
    2019-01-09 02:13

    The Silver Call duology was not may favorite in the series. It is an interesting story but the characters were not as intriguing and/or interesting as characters in other books. Many times the characters could be down right annoying. Luckily the books are shorter so it was a quick read that gave you some history of the world Mr. McKiernan created. But, don't judge the Mithgar series on these books.

  • Rob
    2019-01-10 07:10

    Part 2 of the Silver Call duology.This is the book for everyone who wondered "what happened to Moria after the War of the Ring." It goes a little beyond that, but not much. To be honest, the 'trilogy' it spawned, the Iron Tower is much the superior work. Don't let this, if it's not your cup of tea, put you off that.

  • A. Dawes
    2019-01-13 02:15

    Tolkien rip-off - no argument about it but that's just what I was after. These dwarves are all that fans ever want them to be.

  • Dave Peticolas
    2019-01-05 10:09

  • Emily
    2019-01-12 10:21

    This was a like from a long time ago. Haven't re-read it in the last 20 years.

  • Mark Lacy
    2018-12-22 03:29

    not enough action or excitement till almost the end; not bad, but easy to put down

  • Nick Giannaras
    2018-12-25 10:13

    The second fantasy series I've ever read. Glad I continued. Dennis does well to keep your attention and interest through the pages.

  • Jason
    2019-01-15 09:02

    Slightly less awful than the first trilogy. But not enough to overcome my intense ill will toward the series.

  • Anne Mulder
    2018-12-28 02:02

    I like all the books in this realm.